PowerPoint Learning Path

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This PowerPoint Learning Path supports GW faculty, staff, and students who use Microsoft PowerPoint and guides you how to use it within Microsoft 365. Follow this learning path in the order of the modules or choose topics to review.


PowerPoint provides presentation file creation and editing tools through an application installed on a computer or an Internet browser through PowerPoint Online. Get acquainted with basic features of PowerPoint in each of the available platforms.

Get to Know PowerPoint

What is PowerPoint? (video, 1 min. 4 sec)

PowerPoint Features for the Web (documentation)
This document defines the differences and limitations of PowerPoint Online compared to the PC and Mac versions.

What's New in PowerPoint for Microsoft 365? (documentation)

PC/Mac/Web: What's New in Microsoft 365? (documentation)

PowerPoint provides a powerful set of tools and functionality for file creation. Get acquainted with PowerPoint's file creation and presentation features. You can also explore how to optimize your documents for accessibility.

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Create a Presentation
For an overview of creating files in PowerPoint, choose to review a text-based guide or view a more comprehensive video course from LinkedIn Learning.

PC: PowerPoint Essential Training (O365) (video, 2h 19m)

Mac: PowerPoint for Mac Essential Training (O365) (video, 2h 1m)

PC/Mac/Mobile: Create a Presentation in PowerPoint (video, 1m 1s)
This resource also applies to the mobile versions of PowerPoint.

Web: Learning PowerPoint Online (Office 365) (video, 1h 20m)

Basic Tasks in PowerPoint for the Web (documentation)


Enhance Your PowerPoint Files with Media and Presenter Notes
Use built-in tools to enhance your presentation with images.

PC: Use SmartArt to Create Diagrams (video, 3m 46)

Mac: Use SmartArt to Create Diagrams (video, 3m 40s)

Web: Create SmartArt Diagrams (video, 4m 49s)


Create Presenter Notes
Add slide/speaker notes to your PowerPoint.

PC: Add Speaker Notes (video, 1m 41s)

Mac: Add Speaker Notes (video, 1m 47s)

Web: Add and View Slide Notes (video, 1m 40s)

Add Speaker Notes to Your Slides (documentation)


Add Audio Files to Your Presentation

PC/Mac/Web: Add or delete audio in your PowerPoint presentation (documentation)


Add Video Files to Your Presentation

PC: Add and Format Video (video, 3m 29s)

Mac: Add and Format Video (video, 2m 48s)

Web: Insert a Video (video, 2m 14s)


Add Animations to Your Presentation

PC: Add Animation to Objects and Text (video, 5m 6s)

Mac: Add Animation to Objects and Text (video, 4m 15s)

Web: Apply Transitions and Animations (video, 5m 16s)


Add Narration to Your Presentation

PC: Record and Narrate a Presentation (video, 2m 50s)

Mac: Record and Narrate a Presentation (video, 1m 45s)

Web: Record a Slide Show with Narration and Slide Timings (documentation)

Web: Dictate Slide Content (video, 2m 22s)


Optimize Your PowerPoint Files for Accessibility
An online document or tool is accessible when it can be easily understood by everyone, regardless of what browser or adaptive equipment he or she is using.

What's New in Accessibility for PowerPoint (documentation)

PC/Mac/Web: Make your PowerPoint Presentations Accessible (documentation)
This resource also applies to the mobile versions of PowerPoint.


Ensuring your PowerPoint Documents Meet GW Accessibility Guidelines

Accessibility at GW - Microsoft Documents

Microsoft 365 allows you to save PowerPoint files in several formats to your computer and to OneDrive.

GW Information Storage Guidance
Prior to storing data in OneDrive, please refer to the GW’s Information Storage Guide.  If you have questions on data categorization and security, contact the IT Support Center at [email protected].

Save Your PowerPoint Files

PC: Save Your Presentation File (documentation)

PC: Save Documents to OneDrive (documentation)

PC: Use OneDrive to Fetch Files on a PC(documentation)

Mac: Save a File in Office for Mac (documentation)

Web: Save a Copy of Your PowerPoint for the Web (documentation)